Shoe throwing started with the then President George Bush. A shoe was hurled at the then President George W Bush at a press conference by Iraqi Journalist Muntadhar al-Zaidi. In February 2009, Chinese Premier Wen had a gray sneaker thrown at him as he gave a speech at Cambridge University. Than turn was of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari. A shoe was hurled at Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Aug 7, 2010 in England by a man believed to be from Pakistan.
On 4 September 2010, A egg and shoe was thrown at then Prime Minister of UK Tony Blair in Dublin while he was signing a book. On 6 February 2011, A shoe was hurled at the then Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf while he was addressing a rally at Walthamstow, Britain. Crowds waved their shoes as a sign of protest at Hosni Mubarak after he announced that he would not leave the office. As per my knowledge, Muntadhar al-zaidi got severe punishment for throwing shoe on then President Bush. He got 3 yrs imprisonment.
In India, shoe throwing episode started from Home Minister P. Chidambaram. On 7 April 2009, A shoe was hurled at Union Minister P Chidambaram by a Sikh journalist at a press conference in New Delhi. Chidambaram became the victim when he apparently refused to answer Jarnail Singh's query on why the CBI gave a clean chit to Jagdish Tytler in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
On 25 April 2009, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh became the 'Shoe Victim'. A 28-year-old man threw shoe at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while he was addressing an election rally in Ahmedabad . The shoe, however, landed few meters away from the Prime Minister.
On 28 April 2009, A slipper was hurled at the ex-chief minister of Karanataka BS Yeddyurappa during an ongoing election campaign in Channarayapatna, Hassan district. In the same year, A slipper was hurled at Indian National Congress Lok Sabha candidate n now MP Naveen Jindal by a school teacher in Apr 2009.
A slipper was hurled at BJP leader LK Advani by BJP worker Pavas Agarwal in his jansabha in Madhya Pradesh's Katni town. Next victim was JK Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. A shoe was hurled at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during the Independence Day celebration in Jammu and Kashmir. The shoe thrower, Abdul Ahad Jan was a suspended cop and was taken into custody after the incident.
On 26 April 2011, An attacker hurled shoe at sacked CWG chairperson Suresh Kalmadi while he was being led to the court premises . Recently shoe was thrown on Lok Sabha MP and Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Dehra Dun.
Shoe throwing got improved. And even the the high-profile accused man Rajesh Talwar was attacked by shoe near a court in India. He was hit in January by a 29-year-old wielding a meat cleaver as he came out of a court after filing a petition demanding a fresh probe into the murder of his daughter. Mr. Talwar survived the attack. On 18 October 2011, RTI activist and Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal was attacked by Jitendra Pathak who was upset with Kejriwal for misleading people on corruption. One Sunil Kumar who worked as teacher and journalist tried to throw his shoe at Congress spokesperson Janardhan Dwivedi
Reason of shoe-throwing can be understood like frustration in life or else upset with the leader's policy. I do believe there should be system to hear 'people's voices'. But should people use the weapon of shoe? I say no to that. The reason behind is leaders get elected due to our votes. We are responsible for making them representatives. Its in our hands to topple a leader. We can do it legally and not insulting the race of humanity.
Second point is we should pose ourselves in their position. And ask ourselves whether we would be able to lead atleast somewhat properly the way leaders or activist do. Answer will be no. If the shoe thrower has the ability to run the administration more properly than the shoe victims then shoe thrower should say it by making one's voice audible.
But if shoe throwing continued then one day there will be 'Shoe Therapy' in studies to study. One should get punished for throwing the shoe. Some imprisonment or fine depending on 'whether the shoe victim got depressed by the incident' or else on the length of insult made. Shoe thrower should get punished as throwing a shoe at someone is considered insulting in any culture. And we have to protect our culture.
My Message to Shoe throwers will be 'Dont let down our culture' and 'Try to cherish our Indian culture of respect one's position'.
What's your say???